EPS Life Cycle – Water Consumption

The EPS Industry Alliance has taken the forward initiative to conduct a yearly assessment on the life cycle impact of expanded polystyrene (EPS). It is an all-encompassing environmental focus on how EPS impacts global warming, recyclability, non-renewable energy use and water consumption. 

This assessment, in regards to water consumption, found that the creation of one EPS packaging container requires 9.5 gallons of water. Creating EPS packaging containers fulfills the crucial need to safely transport life-saving materials such as vaccines, organ transplants, medical equipment, pharmaceuticals and other critical medical products.

Comparing everyday activities to the water usage of EPS packaging containers puts the impact of EPS Life Cycle into perspective. Quite frankly, EPS required water take is minimal. In comparison, typical water usage for an average person at home is 85 gallons per day. When on vacation, usage increases to 150 gallons per day. For a hospitalized individual, water usage jumps to a substantial 570 gallons per day, on average. 

Industry wide, sustainability efforts continue to move in the right direction. Plymouth Foam (PF), is an industry leader “committed to environment stewardship encompassing recycled content, life cycle analysis and continuous improvement in manufacturing efficiencies.”

EPS Life Cycle - Water Consumption

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PF is committed to making the best environmentally responsible decisions, especially when it comes to the types of products we buy and the types of packaging we use. Contact Plymouth Foam directly at sales@plymouthfoam.com for a collaborative solution to meet your packaging and temperature sensitive storage needs.